Newcastle earned the bragging rights in the Tyne-Wear derby as Ryan Taylor’s free-kick clinched a 1-0 win over bitter rivals Sunderland at the Stadium of Light yesterday.
Taylor struck with a curling effort in the second half to give the Magpies their first Premier League win of the season and leave Sunderland still with only one home victory over their hated neighbors in the past 30 years.
Alan Pardew’s side, who drew with Arsenal last weekend, took the lead in the 62nd minute when Taylor’s set-piece eluded Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
To make matters worse for the Black Cats, defender Phil Bardsley was sent off in the last minute for a foul on Fabricio Coloccini.
ARSENAL VS LIVERPOOL
Arsenal suffered yet more misery yesterday, as Liverpool won 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium thanks to an own goal and a late Luis Suarez strike, with the London side reduced to 10 men for the second successive Premier League game.
Arsene Wenger’s team, still reeling from the departure this week of former captain Cesc Fabregas and gripped by injuries and suspensions, got off to a bad start when they lost defender Laurent Koscielny to injury after a quarter of an hour.
It got worse when Emmanuel Frimpong, one of their better players on his first Premier League start, was sent off after receiving a second yellow card following a dangerous tackle on Lucas with 20 minutes to go.
An own goal by Aaron Ramsey, the ball coming off his chest after a touch by Suarez, handed Liverpool the lead in the 78th minute before the Uruguay striker made sure of the points with a stoppage-time effort.